Diary of Meetings and Tours
Future meetings & tours - dates and other details.
Past meetings & tours - summaries + info + links.
Also podcasts of meetings when available.

Entries arranged in reverse chronological order.

The meetings and tours listed are organised by or in conjunction with AJHS (Vic) the
Australian Jewish Historical Society (Victoria)

Meetings are held in Melbourne, and usually take the form of evening presentations, and occasionally are forums or min-conferences . We also organise full and half-day guided tours to Jewish Historical sites in Victoria.



THE NEXT MEETING OF AJHS (Vic)

ASIO against Australian flag



Entrance to  ASIO Offices
On Thursday 23rd November 2013 at 8 pm
at the
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda

The Australian Jewish Historical Society (Vic)
will present at a regular meeting

Dr David Mushin
who will discuss
Much Ado About Nothing?
Twenty eight years of ASIO surveillance of my father

Aaron Mushin


Aaron Mushin was not considered to be a security risk by ASIO when it first collected information on him in 1951 but there was interest in others with whom he associated. Despite never being personally considered a risk, information about him continued to be compiled for at least the next 28 years. The entries on the file related to personal and family details, issues related to communism, Jewish issues, and records of permit applications from the 1930s for proposed immigrants from Europe. The file raises questions as to why so much effort was expended on Aaron and many others, while fascist groups in Australia seem to have been tolerated?

Members, friends and visitors are most welcome.
Admission $8 members $10 non-members
David Mushin is a retired psychiatrist with an interest in history and in understanding his family background. The Mushin family was Jewish in a secular sense and strongly identified with a view of social justice which was seen as being linked with socialism. David, in retirement, is involved with voluntary community work concerning child welfare and Aboriginal family health.






Newspaper story of return of David Sisserman to Australia in 1933
Adelaide Advertiser, 6 March 1933.
On Thursday 12th September 2013 at 8 pm
at the
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda

The Australian Jewish Historical Society (Vic)
will present at a regular meeting

Tony Seymour
who will discuss
Musicians in my family

Dr Tony Seymour, a visitor from England, will talk about his grandfather, the cellist David Sisserman, and his grandfather's brother, the violinist Gregory Ivanoff. Tony's father George Seymour was born in Russia in July 1917 and for the first six years of his life lived through revolutionary chaos, travelling widely with his musician parents – cellist David Sisserman and his pianist wife Raissa.

Members, friends and visitors are most welcome.
Admission $8 members $10 non-members
In 1929 David Sisserman joined Pavlova's second world tour which travelled to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Sisserman's role included accompanying Pavlova's signature dance The Dying Swan. After the Pavlova tour Sisserman settled in Melbourne where he formed the Sisserman String Quartet. Sisserman's brother Gregory Ivanoff settled in Australia in the early 1920s and lived in Brisbane, Sydney, and Tasmania; he died in 1965.
Tony's talk will also include some reflections about how genealogical research has changed in recent years with the advent of the internet and email communication.
Meeting on 20130822 Remembering Gallipoli ( Kim Phillips )

On Thursday 22nd August 2013 at 8 pm
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda

The Australian Jewish Historical Society (Vic)
will present at a regular meeting

Kim Phillips

who will discuss
Remembering Gallipoli
In Australian history; The landing: and The Jews who fell there

In the trenches at Gallipoli The presentation will look, briefly, at the history of the Gallipoli campaign, from an Australian perspective. We will look at what happened on that first day – 25 April 1915. We will also look at the part played by Jews at Gallipoli and will focus on the stories of some of them.
Kim Phillips has been a keen genealogist for over 20 years. Her family are of Sephardic origin, arriving in Australia early in 1833. Kim joined the AJGS -NSW in 1992 and became a committee member in 1998, and is currently the vice president. She has been researching Gallipoli for the past 13 years and is editor of the website, The Spirits of Gallipoli.

Members, friends and visitors are most welcome.
Admission $8 members $10 non-members

Meeting on 20130613 The Australia First Circle { Dr David Bird }

On Thursday 16th June 2013 at 8 pm
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda

The Australian Jewish Historical Society (Vic)
will present at a regular meeting

Dr David S. Bird

who will discuss
"The Australia-First Circle”
and its 'reasoned case against Semitism', 1936-42

In this talk Dr Bird will trace and discuss the evolution of pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic attitudes amongst Australia's leading Nazi enthusiasts.
David was born in Tasmania and studied Classics and History at the University of Tasmania as a University Exhibition scholar, graduating M.A. in Roman History after a period attached to the British School at Rome. He subsequently worked as a research assistant for News Limited in Australia and London before teaching history in Zimbabwe. After an attachment to the South African Cultural History Museum at Cape Town, he returned to Australia to study for a doctorate in Australian History at the University of Melbourne.
Dr. Bird is the author of J.A. Lyons, the Tame Tasmanian, Appeasement and Rearmament in Australia, 1932-39 and of the recently published Nazi Dreamtime: Australian Enthusiasts for Hitler’s Germany. He writes regularly for Quadrant magazine and works as an independent historian based in Melbourne.
He is currently researching the role of Alfred Deakin and other Australians in the imperial federation movement in the later years of the nineteenth-century.
Members, friends and visitors are most welcome.
Admission $8 members $10 non-members
Meeting on 20130429 Book Launch Burstin

On Sunday 28th April 2013 at 3:30 pm
ACJC
Monash University
Caulfield

Sam Lipski AM
will launch the book
Sender Burstin:
Yiddish Melbourne Observed
Sender Burstin
Sender Burstin
This historic book contains memoirs and commentaries of Yiddish Melbourne from the late 1920's to the mid 1960's, by Sender Burstin. Translated from the Yiddish by Ben and David Burstin.
The publication of Yiddush Melbourne Observed has been made possible by the translation of over thirty articles from the original Yiddish by Ben and David Burstin. The articles were originally published in the Kadimah's Journal Di Melburner Bleter and the Jewish Labor Bund's Journal Undzer Gedank. The book describes some of the achievements of such iconic Yiddish personalities as Melech Ravitch, Yosef Giligich, Yankev Waislitz, Rochl Holcer and Pinchas Goldhar. It also describes the opening of the Yiddish Sunday School in Melbourne, the achievements of the Kadimah, the activities of the Dovid Herman Theatre Group and the establishment of the Jewish Welfare and Relief Society. A significant section of the book describes many of the clashes between the Bund and the Progressives in Melbourne from the 1930's to the 1950's.
A great picture emerges of the vitality of Yiddish Melbourne from the 1930's to the 1960's.

The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University in conjunction with
Jewish National Library "Kadimah"
Jewish Labour Bund
Australian Jewish Historical Society Vic

Headstone Rosetta Isaacs grave
Meeting on 2013-04-28 Dedication Rosetta Isaacs Headstone
( at Beechworth)

Rabbi John Levi On Sunday 28th April 2013 at 12:00 noon
Jewish Section
Beechworth Cemetery
Beechworth

Rabbi John Levi AM
will unveil and dedicate
the Headstone of Rosetta Isaacs
the younger sister of Sir Isaac Isaacs
Beechworth township In the morning there will be a tour of Jewish Beechworth, lead by Dr Howard Freeman, president of the Australian Jewish Historical Society Victoria. To take part, be at 'Beechworth Honey', on the corner of Ford and Church Streets, at 9.45 am [ on Sunday 28th April] for a 10 am start. This is an easy walk, covering just three blocks. It is a further 2km to the Beechworth Cemetery, whose main entrance to the cemetery is in Balaclava Rd, opposite Cemetery Road. At this gate there are directions to the Jewish section.
Beechworth Courthouse
Beechworth Courthouse
Rosetta Isaacs was born in 1863 and died in 1864 in Yackandandah. Rosetta was the youngest sister of Sir Isaac Isaacs, Australia’s first Australian-born Governor-General. The location of her unmarked grave was only recently discovered, and planning, funding for the headstone organised through the Kerford Oration Committee.

After the unveiling of the Rosetta Isaacs headstone, all present are welcome to a reception in the Beechworth Courthouse, where there will be a viewing of new Isaac Isaacs exhibits and the launch of the publication from the 10th Kerferd Oration

RSVP joansimms@bigpond.com or 03 5728 2747
Organised by the Kerferd Oration Committee and the Beechworth Cemetery Trust

Meeting on 20130321 AGM & Antisemitism Never Takes A Vacation ( Dr Dvir Abramovich )

On Thursday, 21st March 2013 at 8.00 pm
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda

Dr Dvir Abramovich
will speak on the topic
Anti-Semitism Never Takes a Vacation
Logo of the B nai B rith Anti-Defamation Commission Dr Dvir Abramovich will focus on the work of the Anti-Defamation Commission in combating Anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in Australia.

Dr Abramovich is Chair of the ADC and Director of the Centre for Jewish History and Culture at The University of Melbourne. He is the editor and author of three books as well as numerous articles and essays. He is a widely published media commentator and has lectured around the world.

$8 members    $10 non-members
All relatives and friends warmly welcomed

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